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Fragmented Women: the Female Characters of Fragmentary Greek Tragedy - 08-09/07/2016, Nottingham (England)

26.10.2015

 

 

In this conference, we propose to take a subject at the heart of modern interpretive work on Greek tragedy – the portrayal of female characters – and to approach it with a new focus on ‘the fragments’, always emphasising that this was not a category that would have made sense to the audiences which saw and appreciated these plays in antiquity. Figures from the extant plays, such as Aeschylus’ Clytemnestra, Sophocles’ Antigone, and Euripides’ Medea have dominated our conception of tragic women for centuries, forming the basis of seminal work on the ancient representation of gender, sexuality, and the family. What would happen if we replaced these paradigmatic figures with characters from the fragments: Niobe, Procne, Praxithea, Antiope, and Ino, to name but a few? How might current approaches illuminate these texts, and, conversely, how might these characters offer fresh perspectives on familiar questions? By taking the vantage point of the playwrights’ entire oeuvres, we hope to provoke a fundamental reassessment of approaches to female characters in Greek tragedy.

 

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 08-09/07/2016

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The University of Nottingham (Nottingham, England)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Patrick Finglass (U. Nottingham) ; Lyndsay Coo (U. Bristol)

 

INFO: web - patrick.finglass@nottingham.ac.uk  l.coo@bristol.ac.uk

 

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: online

 

Tasa completa / Full delegate rate / tasse per il convegno: £50.00
Tasa para un solo día / delegate Single day rate / tasse per una giornata: £25.00
Tasa para estudiantes general / Student and concessionary rate / tasse generale per studenti: £30.00 
Tasa para estudiantes de un día / student and concessionary single day rate / tasse per studenti per una giornata: £15.00

 

PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:

 

Confirmed keynote speakers:

 

Lucia Athanassaki, University of Crete: ‘The fragmented priestess of Athena Polias in Euripides’ Erechtheus’.

Luigi Battezzato, University of Piemonte Orientale: ‘Pasiphae in Euripides (Cretans fr. 472e)’.

Marco Catrambone, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa: ‘Female speech and fragments’.

Lyndsay Coo, University of Bristol: ‘Fragmented sisterhood’.

Bob Cowan, University of Sydney: ‘When mothers turn bad … The perversion of the maternal ideal in the fragments of Sophocles’.

Patrick Finglass, University of Nottingham: ‘“. . . soul . . . terrible, o wretched . . . unhappy”: the song of Euripides’ Ino’.

Helene Foley, Barnard College, Columbia University:‘Heterosexual bonding in the fragments of Euripides’.

Fiona McHardy, University of Roehampton: ‘Female violence in Greek tragic fragments’.

Niall Slater, Emory University:‘Europa revisited: an experiment in characterization?’

Alan Sommerstein, University of Nottingham: ‘Women in love in the fragmentary plays of Sophocles’.

Anna Uhlig, University of California, Davis: ‘δελφινηρὸν πεδίον πόντου: staging Aeschylus’ Nereides’.

Erika Weiberg, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:‘Class anxiety in “The Girl’s Tragedy”: the rape plots of Euripides’ fragmentary tragedies’.

Matthew Wright, University of Exeter: ‘Other Medeas’.

 

Programme

Friday 8th July

10:00-10:30       Registration and Tea/Coffee

10:30-10:45       Welcome

 

10:45-11:30       Lyndsay Coo, University of Bristol: ‘Fragmented sisterhood’.

11:30-12:15       Bob Cowan, University of Sydney: ‘When mothers turn bad … The perversion of the maternal ideal in the fragments of Sophocles’.

12:15-13:00       Erika Weiberg, Florida State University: ‘Class anxieties in “The Girl’s Tragedy”: the rape plots of Euripides’ fragmentary tragedies’.

 

13:00-14:00       Lunch

 

14:00-14:45       Marco Catrambone, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa: ‘Female speech and fragments’.

14:45-15:30       Fiona McHardy, University of Roehampton: ‘Female violence in Greek tragic fragments’.

 

15:30-16:00       Tea/Coffee

 

16:00-16:45       Alan Sommerstein, University of Nottingham: ‘Women in love in the fragmentary plays of Sophocles’.

16:45-17:45       Helene Foley, Barnard College, Columbia University: ‘Heterosexual bonding in the fragments of Euripides’.

 

18:00                Drinks Reception

19:00                Conference Dinner

 

 

Saturday 9th July

9:00-9:30          Tea/Coffee

 

9:30-10:15         Lucia Athanassaki, University of Crete: ‘The fragmented priestess of Athena Polias in Euripides’ Erechtheus’.

10:15-11:00       Patrick Finglass, University of Nottingham: ‘A new papyrus of Sophocles’ Tereus’.

 

11:00-11:30       Tea/Coffee

 

11:30-12:15       Anna Uhlig, University of California, Davis: ‘δελφινηρὸν πεδίον πόντου: staging Aeschylus’ Nereides’.

12:15-13:00       Luigi Battezzato, University of Piemonte Orientale: ‘Pasiphae in Euripides (Cretans fr. 472e)’.

 

13:00-14:00       Lunch

 

14:00-14:45       Matthew Wright, University of Exeter: ‘Other Medeas’.

14:45-15:30       Niall Slater, Emory University: ‘Europa revisited: an experiment in characterization?’

 

15:30-16:00       Tea/Coffee and close

 

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